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The Boston Wine Party: Letter from FENAVIN, or why archaic US wine policy robs consumers

Should we stage a Boston Wine Party, and throw our wine into the Atlantic? Perhaps the most striking aspect of the bewilderingly diverse wines on display at this week’s FENAVIN, Spain’s national wine fair, is the price range: 2€–5€ is most common, trailed slightly by <2€ (a significant category, with strong representation from La Mancha, the wine  Full Article…

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Have we all been pouring bottled beer wrong? How to pour beer…

Randy Mosher, one of America’s leading experts on the topic, thinks so. Randy’s new book, Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Best Drink, was recently published by Storey, which shares a publishing umbrella (Workman) with my own Fearless Critic Media. It’s an excellent book, totally accessible yet technical enough to take readers into some  Full Article…

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Can people distinguish pâté from dog food?

As reported by Jerry Hirsch in today’s LA Times, my latest research article, co-authored with John Bohannon (the “Gonzo Scientist”) of Harvard University and Alexis Herschkowitsch of Fearless Critic Media, discusses the results of a blind tasting that we conducted of five puréed meat-based products. Although 72% of subjects ranked the dog food as the worst of the  Full Article…

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On weed tourism in Amsterdam

The relationship between tourists and the places that they like to go has been ambivalent since tourism—travel as entertainment—became a real global industry in the early 1900s. Sometimes cities become caricatures of themselves, molded into their own exaggerated and inauthentic images abroad. Other times, they just become ugly high-rise beach resorts or overcrowded, overpriced wastelands.  Full Article…

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Fearless Critic Washington DC Area Restaurant Guide released this week

The Fearless Critic Washington DC Area Restaurant Guide (Fearless Critic Media, 608 pages, paperback, $15.95, distributed by Workman) is now on its way to stores. The book reviews 500 restaurants in the greater DC area, including the Maryland and Virginia suburbs out to the Beltway. You can pre-order the book on amazon.com, which should receive  Full Article…

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Talk at Spain’s FENAVIN: “Critics for sale? Blind Tasting and the Honest Wine Movement”

At FENAVIN, the Spanish wine industry fair, in Ciudad Real on May 15 (blog entry at Aprende a Catar Vino (Spanish); articles about the talk at El Día del Ciudad Real, Cava Argentina, La Comarca de Puertollano, and Vendimia), I will talk talked to the Spanish wine industry on the following topics: 1. Are most wine critics impartial judges of quality, or are  Full Article…

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Fearless Critic Austin Restaurant Guide, 2nd Edition, is now out

The Fearless Critic Austin Restaurant Guide, Second Edition (Fearless Critic Media, 592 pages, paperback, $15.95, distributed by Workman) has been released. The book’s scope has been vastly increased, from 390 to 480 restaurants in the greater Austin, Texas area, including Round Rock and the Hill Country. It’s now available on amazon.com, and here’s a list of the  Full Article…

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The Wine Trials released

My new book, The Wine Trials (Fearless Critic Media, 208 pages, paperback, $14.95, distributed by Workman Publishing), has been released. It’s now available on amazon.com, at Whole Foods Market stores nationwide, and at bookstores everywhere. About the book: Shows that in blind tastings, everyday wine drinkers actually prefer cheaper wines to more expensive wines Reviews 100  Full Article…

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Do more expensive wines taste better?

Here’s the article we published showing that most wine drinkers prefer cheaper wines to more expensive wines: Do More Expensive Wines Taste Better? Evidence from a Large Sample of Blind Tastings (Journal of Wine Economics, Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring 2008). Robin Goldstein, Johan Almenberg, Anna Dreber, John W. Emerson, Alexis Herschkowitsch, and Jacob Katz. Abstract: Individuals  Full Article…